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It’s easy to presume that pen and pencil are related words, but in fact they’re completely unconnected.
15 pairs of words that seem etymologically related but aren’t
Funnily enough, this list starts with pen and pencil as well.
Luke’s English Podcast recently won the Best Blog category in our Love English Awards for the fourth time in a row. This is his take on the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Books, dictionaries, words and language
There’s no better way to pay tribute to the great man than to read one (or several, or all) of his books. Here are some quotes to whet your appetite. And here’s a fine tribute by Neil Gaiman from last year.
If ‘incorrect’ English is what’s widely understood, how can it be wrong?
Instead of joining the pedants, Kamm batters them. Accidence Will Happen is a joyous and joyously liberating assault on ‘rules’ of grammar which are little more than a hodgepodge of contradictory superstitions.
Blessed St. Patrick, preserve us
St. Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday. Wear green, drink Guinness, but whatever you do, don’t call it St. Patty’s Day.
No, Online Grammar Errors Have Not Increased by 148%
A salutary lesson in not believing everything you read about declining standards.
Eventually all the people who hate this kind of thing are going to be dead.